Innisfree Garden, August 4, 2016

07IMG_0025_edited-1As you can see from the date of the visit, I’m more than a little behind in posting these . . .

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Listening List

Lembit Beecher has a new opera project, To Hide in a Tree of Sound. As described on Beecher’s website about the project, “[t]he opera focuses on the imaginary landscape of childhood, and in particular, the way children use their imaginations to deal with trauma. At the center of the work is a modular, music-generating sculpture, which will function both as a musical instrument and as a character in the drama, a surreal creature or confidante imagined by the child.” Beecher recently posted a “sculpture demo” from the project. Beecher and cellist Karen Ouzounian, who joined hands in marriage just last week, perform in the video.

Another powerhouse musical couple, Shawn Jaeger and Lucy Dhegrae, feature in the first video below. I’ve sung the praises of Shawn Jaeger’s The Cold Pane before. Now there is a video performance of the piece available, with Lucy Dhegrae as vocalist (singing without a score, please note), accompanied by members of Contemporaneous Josh Henderson (violin), Colin Davin (mandolin), Vicente Alexim (clarinet), and Pat Swoboda (bass), conducted by David Bloom. Program Notes for The Cold Pane may be found here, and the score may be found here.

From the same concert, Shawn Jaeger in residence at Roulette, here are two more selections:

The first is excerpts from The Carolina Lady, for solo saxophone, featuring Ryan Muncy on sax. More information on The Carolina Lady may be found here, and the score may be found here.

The second is an excerpt from Jaeger’s work-in-progress, Wilderness of Woe. Contemporaneous performs, with David Bloom conducting. The piece, as described on Jaeger’s website, is “based on remixed audio from recordings of Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys.” Written for large ensemble, it is orchestrated for “16 players: flute, oboe, clarinet in Bb, alto saxophone, bassoon, horn, trumpet in Bb, trombone, 2 percussion, piano, violin I, violin II, viola, cello, double bass.” 

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Credits: The sources for the quotations are as indicated in the post. The photographs, as always on the blog unless otherwise indicated, are mine.

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Spaghetti Western: Contemporaneous in the Spiegeltent

Contemporaneous in the Spiegeltent, warming up for the concert

Contemporaneous in the Spiegeltent, warming up for the concert

It is a measure of the power of music, in the hands of Contemporaneous, that the silly season engulfing us decamped, wholly vanquished, within the first bars of Vicenti Alexim’s adroit arrangement of Ennio Morricone’s Il triello. The occasion was Contemporaneous’s appearance at Bard’s Summer Music Festival, the focus of which this year is “Puccini and His World.” Continue reading

Innisfree Garden, July 21

03IMG_0255_edited-1We raced out the door, so as to arrive as soon as Innisfree Garden opened, in hopes of beating the worst of the heat. We had the benefit of a good breeze and plenty of shady spots, including our favorite place to sit and watch for jumping fish. We didn’t see many fish, but dragonflies were out in force. Continue reading

Innisfree Garden in Mid-July

08IMG_0152_edited-1We’ve had a spell of hot, humid days, and this day was no exception, but there was plenty of shade and a bit of a breeze. Insects abounded. The fish jumped for them, sometimes a good two feet in the air, or so it seemed. Continue reading